Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Dec. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$963,787-17%3,401-62$283$264,414,3195Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$844,367-10%2,014-4$419$99,708,3625Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$748,473-25%2,94618$254$63,387,4223Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$712,401-17%3,646-362$195$270,972,5324Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$515,575-18%3,639-33$142$63,402,9213Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$429,931-26%2,837--$152$7,175,9041FilmDistrict
7Flight$316,051-16%2,431-172$130$87,188,8776Paramount
8Killing Them Softly$307,718-24%2,4240$127$12,847,1052Weinstein Company
9Red Dawn (2012)$298,673-18%2,754-27$108$38,200,9373FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$265,558-17%2,746-341$97$165,239,5276Disney
11The Collection$132,141-9%1,4030$94$5,869,1362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$95,783-13%1,2491225$77$40,288,70512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$225,567-9%3710$608$14,627,6894Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$189,737-12%42238$450$7,179,1924Focus
3Argo$157,438-4%944-99$167$103,610,5099Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$73,841-17%181131$408$1,894,6413Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$33,620-13%430-66$78$137,806,05210Fox
6The Sessions$28,193-3%197-29$143$5,031,5418Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,090-6%387-16$70$63,596,60811Universal
8Talaash$26,453-37%162-12$163$2,516,9452Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$18,706-28%191-3$98$26,519,3737Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,933-2%232--$77$66,197,72311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$15,564-7%175-14$89$16,903,49112Lionsgate / Summit
12The Man With the Iron Fists$11,765-13%1817$65$15,558,2606Universal
13Alex Cross$11,502-17%214100$54$25,654,4868Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,800-19%141-21$70$14,934,0589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$12,31140%171$724$342,9163Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$9,255-10%520$178$10,157,41234Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,202-9%63-11$146$1,023,6036Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,175-2%4--$1,794$103,9361Focus
5Sinister$3,980-17%77-11$52$47,836,3289Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,0743%90-12$34$160,962,78022Fox
7Chasing Mavericks$2,91111%67-12$43$5,883,0177Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,874-38%300$96$21,486,55988Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hecho en Mexico$2,737-6%2614$105$129,5552Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,467-9%81-23$30$55,933,91617Focus
11Trouble with the Curve$2,33915%71-29$33$35,760,92112Warner Bros.
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,132-29%76-48$28$17,515,1347Open Road
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,052-2%62-18$33$448,136,69221Warner Bros.
14House at the End of the Street$1,8055%68-40$27$31,594,42612Relativity Media
15The Master$1,799-20%230$78$15,901,01413Weinstein Company
16Arbitrage$1,683-14%25-10$67$7,882,42113Roadside Attractions
17Paranormal Activity 4$1,566-8%48-22$33$53,750,1958Paramount
18Fun Size$1,564-19%80-36$20$9,407,8167Paramount
19The Rabbi's Cat$85446%1--$854$6,0911GKIDS
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7975%47-5$17$48,986,97519Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7618%5-2$152$138,5016Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$440-9%12-7$37$13,050,32429Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$52-94%2--$26$84,84710Roadside Attractions